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TPMDC:
The Nastiest Debate Of 2010 In 2:44 (VIDEO)  —  Last night's Kentucky Senate debate was one of the most brutal of the year, hands down.  Though the forum included talk of the health care bill, illegal immigration, the economy and energy legislation, most of the talk was about Republican nominee Rand Paul's days in college.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Why The Fuss About Jack Conway?  —  I'm a little taken aback by how taken aback some people are over Jack Conway's hit on Rand Paul:  —  This ad has the virtue—not that common in politics—of being accurate.  It also has the virtue of raising actual policy issues about the consequences of Paul's position on tax reform.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The New Republic
The Huffington Post:
Conway's Attack On Paul Slammed By Fellow Dems
Discussion: TPMDC, The Caucus and The Note
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Sympathy For Rand Paul
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Angle to Hispanic children: “Some of you look a little more Asian to me”  —  As more of the video surfaces from GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle's meeting last week with Rancho High School's Hispanic kids, the more bizarre it gets.  Elsewhere on this blog, I have posted the video of her claiming …
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The Note:
ABC News Exclusive: Tea Party Candidate in Nevada Senate May Tip the Scales in Reid's Favor  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:  —  Scott Ashjian calls himself the “Tea Party of Nevada” candidate for U.S. Senate, but he tells ABC News that he would be “at peace” knowing he helped re-elect Harry Reid …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin fires up Tea Partiers to launch bus tour
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Sarah Palin to GOP: “Man Up” and Support Tea Party Candidates
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sharron Angle says Hispanic students look ‘Asian’
Discussion: Wonkette and msnbc.com
Steve / What Do I Know?:
Joe Miller: “If East Germany could, we could.”  —  I went to the Joe Miller town hall this afternoon at Central Middle School.  It was an interesting session, about 175 people, and I was impressed with how courteous, for the most part, the audience was with several questions from people who were clearly not Miller supporters.
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Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Joe Miller On Securing The Border: ‘If East Germany Could, We Could’ (VIDEO)
The Daily Caller:
Guy gets revenge on ex-girlfriend on CSPAN2  —  When the audience gathered for a Book TV discussion of Jonah Goldberg's new book, “Proud to be Right,” they got more than your average CSPAN fare.  —  It turns out panelists Todd Seavey and Helen Rittelmeyer, both contributors to Goldberg's collection …
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
URGENT: VFW DISSOLVES PAC BOARD!  —  This, from last week, is just now making it to my in-box.  THIS IS WHAT WAS NEEDED ALL ALONG- Download Memo to council - new ballot Oct 10 … This, after the Ladies Auxilery withdrew all funding support for the PAC (which, I'm told, is a good chunk of it) …
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Richard L. Eubank / VFW:
VFW NATIONAL COMMANDER MOVES FOR DISSOLUTION OF POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Discussion: The Politico
Jim Carlton / Washington Wire:
VFW Shuts Off Campaign Arm
Discussion: Hot Air
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Confusion was the word of the day on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” this morning when the panel questioned why so many women have been drawn to the Tea Party movement.  —  Co-host Mika Brzezinski, The New York Times' Sam Tanenhaus, CBS's Lesley Stahl, columnist Mike Barnicle, and Newsweek's Jon Meacham …
Discussion: Hot Air
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
GOP Holds Solid Leads in Voter Preferences for Another Week  —  Gallup trends from prior midterm years suggest shifts are still possible  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's tracking of the generic ballot for Congress finds Republicans leading Democrats by 5 percentage points among registered voters …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama to Appear on “Mythbusters”  —  For a president under siege, maybe this could help.  —  In an episode of “Mythbusters” on the Discovery Channel to be shown on Dec. 8, President Obama will help determine whether the Greek scientist Archimedes really set fire to an invading Roman fleet using …
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Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
He's Doing What?!  Barack Obama To Appear On Discovery Channel's ‘Mythbusters’
Discussion: PopEater
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Judge Skeptical of Govt. Arguments  —  If a Monday afternoon federal court hearing in Riverside, Calif., was any indication, a recent judicial ruling barring any enforcement of the “don't ask, don't tell” policy will remain in effect unless a higher court intervenes.
Daily Kos:
Meet Joe Miller's Thugs: Drop Zone Security  —  If you went to bed early tonight, you may have missed one of the most wonderful gifts that the Teabaggers have ever given to the Democrats: Alaskan GOP Senate candidate, Joe Miller.  —  If you wanna catch up on Joe's recent antics …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
It's Official: Obama Has Now Borrowed $3 Trillion  —  It's official: The Obama administration has now borrowed $3 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.  —  It took from 1776, when the United States became an independent country, until 1990, the year after the Berlin Wall fell signaling victory …
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
Jurors convict Riverdale bomb plotters on 30 of 32 counts  —  Tweet  —  A jury today found four Muslim converts guilty of 30 of 32 counts in the May 2009 plot to bomb two Riverdale synagogues and shoot down military aircraft at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and New York Magazine
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Group hit by DCCC backed 6 Dems  —  National Democrats have charged that a House candidate endorsed by a controversial anti-immigration group has “Nazi ties” — but six other congressional Democrats also have the group's endorsement, and at least one has enthusiastically embraced its support.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Many Chamber ads attacking House Dems contain debunked falsehoods, distortions  —  UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: The Chamber has responded to all these fact checks with a detailed rebuttal, which you can read right here.  —  ORIGINAL POST:  —  Last week I noted that the ads that have been bankrolled …
CNN:
Former surgeon general calls for marijuana legalization  —  (CNN) — Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders told CNN Sunday she supports legalizing marijuana.  —  The trend-setting state of California is voting next month on a ballot initiative to legalize pot, also known as Proposition 19.
Lpratapas / CNN:
In West Virginia, a debate about Obama  —  (CNN) - In Monday's West Virgina Senate debate, Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin sought to claim his independence and Republican John Raese tried to attach Manchin's name to President Obama's as much as possible.  The other two candidates seemed to act like buffers.
Discussion: The Politico
Michael Hudson / The Huffington Post:
16 Cents on the Dollar: Doing the Math on Angelo Mozilo's Big Settlement  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  In the end, Angelo Mozilo settled for pennies on the dollar.  —  The former Countrywide Financial Corp. chief agreed Friday to a settlement that requires him to pay 16 cents out of his own pocket …
Discussion: PaperTrail Blog and DealBook
Lauren Effron / ABCNEWS:
John McCain: Sarah Palin Similar To Ronald Reagan  —  McCain Gives an Exclusive Interview to 'Nightline's' Terry Moran on Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Obama Administration and Sarah Palin  —  Sen. John McCain is not afraid to use fighting words.  —  After lashing out at Sen. Barbara Boxer …
Discussion: The Politico
Lpratapas / CNN:
Political theater but no fireworks in NY gubernatorial debate  —  (CNN) - New York's gubernatorial debate lived up to its expectation that it would be political theater as Republican candidate Carl Paladino faced Democrat Andrew Cuomo for the first time in a debate in a race making headlines for its nasty tone.
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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